Dozens of people from various sectors of life have marched from the East London City Hall to the East London Correctional Centre demanding a response to a petition they filed in September requesting the release of the imprisoned AbaThembu monarch, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo.

The marchers included religious leaders Economic Freedom Party EFF, Azanian Peoples Organisation AZAPO and members of the AbaThembu and AmaBhele nations.

Dalindyebo was sentenced to 12 years in prison for kidnapping, assault, arson and defeating the ends of justice. He has served just a quarter of that sentence.

Prince Langalibalele Mthunzi Ngonyama from AbaThembu says they are not happy that the President hasn’t responded to their first petition.

“We are here to say that Mr President you have a prerogative, we are not here to demand anything. We put to you the issues that you need to consider in applying your mind as far as this petition is concerned. So we are hoping that our second attempt will yield some results,” says Mthunzi.

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